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Chef Geoff's Downtown

3.9
4780 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

When you visit Chef Geoff's in Washington D.C.., you will quickly find out why it was voted Diner's Choice by OpenTable in 2016. This is just one of six restaurants opened by namesake Chef Geoff since 2000. Whether you choose to dine in the bright and cheery dining room or the outdoor patio, the highly trained staff at Chef Geoff's will ensure you have the best dining experience possible.

The extensive menu created at Chef Geoff's showcases unique dining options you won't find anywhere else. Appetizers such as spiced plantain chips, grilled asparagus bruschetta and crispy brussel sprouts will prepare your palette. Bacon and bleu cheese mussels, wild mushroom ravioli and madras curry chicken are just three of the choices on the entree menu. If something more classic is to your liking, stick with standards, such as steak, pizza, or a burger. No matter what you choose, disappointment is not an option.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday-Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 3:00pm
Bar open to midnight daily.
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Phone number
(202) 464-4461
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Staging a star performance? Cast Chef Geoff's Downtown as your partner. Whether a small seated event or a large cocktail reception, we can accommodate groups of all sizes. Our two private dining rooms seat up to 48 and the entire restaurant can be reserved for as many as 300 guests. For more information please contact our Private Event Director, Amy Foster at party@chefgeoff.com, for more information.
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Private party contact
Amy Foster: (202) 706-7326
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
on 13th between E and F streets
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Parking details
We have partnered with Parking Panda to allow guests to purchase guaranteed parking near Chef Geoff’s Downtown in advance. Go to www.parkingpanda.com and search for our restaurant. Enter time you plan to park. Once purchased, present your purchased confirmation at the selected location and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees. Parking availability can be limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for Chef Geoff’s Downtown in advance.
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Public transit
Metro Center
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Special events & promotions
Chef Geoff's hosts numerous specials events, including wine dinners, beer dinners, cooking classes and more. To receive information regarding our next special event sign up for our newsletter at www.chefgeoff.com.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.7
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

One of the last nights for Chef Geoffs and thank goodness. Thought I would visit an old favorite one last time, but what a terrible mistake. Service was awful (never received bread or refilled water, took forever to visit our table), they were out of a lot of things or didn't have certain things properly prepared (wines chilled, etc), and there was some loud argument between wait staff and some diners (just awkward). Had been an old standby. Now I'm glad it shut down. Won't visit other locations.

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vipotberbur (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2015

The soon-to-be shuttered (due to downtown redevelopment) Chef Geoff's had several things going for it: a central location, an attractive dining area, and the ability to serve people reasonably quickly for a business lunch or a pre-show meal. These were all in evidence at our recent lunch there.

Great food has never been a hallmark of Chef Geoff's. And at lunch, the cooking was not bad -- my fish tacos were reasonably tasty, and the accompanying plantain chips were quite good. But the tacos had neither the flare or authenticity of something that would be served by a real tacqueria, nor did they have they creativity one would expect from a chef-driven establishment. They were good enough -- but priced fairly steeply per bite.

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OpenTable Diner (Poconos)
1.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

We sat in the enclosed patio area, lacking any ambience.
Otherwise, the food was great!

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Kamva55 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

Love this place for a before-the-theatre meal. Consistently interesting menu with excellent service. New favorite cocktail - the Hibiscus Royale. My steak frites with arugula salad was delicious and my companion's short ribs were perfectly fall-apart tender. Portions were generous so we didn't have dessert but the coffee was a great end to the meal. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2015

Very nice quiet dinner. We took our 11 year old and would recommend this restaurant to any family looking for an upscale but not too stuffy place for dinner. Food was perfectly prepared.

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vipDiner (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

we had a large group and received amazing service and ---as always---very good food. Excellent for a business dinner.

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review (Pittsburgh)
1.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

I ordered a spinach salad and all they left behind was the cellophane. Nothing else to the salad - it was really substandard. No thought to food presentation. There were three of us and none of the food looked appetizing. Very disappointing. Best thing about the restaurant was our helpful waiter.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

This restaurant is ideally located across the street from the Warner Theater and around the corner from the National Theater. It is a great place to have lunch or dinner before or after a show. The food was good and considering the location the price was very moderate. I highly recommend it and will definitely go back.

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jaymebyers1971 (Austin)
3.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

First they accidentally cancelled my reservation - but the hostesses were very good about getting in touch with me and making me aware of what happened and fixing it. So great customer service on that end. Although for the most part the food was good I was disappointed with the Chicken Fajita soup. Basically all broth. Almost no chicken or tortilla's. Maybe I got the bottom of the pot. Also we were unable to get desert due to the very bad time management by the server. I also never got the handmade soda I ordered which is supposed to be a house specialty. The server took almost 15 minutes to greet us and made many mistakes. I have 20 years experience in the restaurant industry to include 10 years in management. I understand that new servers can make mistakes. I do not expect a restaurant at this level to be hiring inexperienced servers. The manager when he did his table touch did offer to rectify the soda and dessert situation however we needed to leave to make our show at the National Theater, so I declined. Overall not impressed with my first experience there but would be willing to give them a second try.

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FGwyn (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

We went to Chef Geoff's before a show across the street at the Warner Theater. This was one of our first nights out since getting married. I noted it when I made our online reservation. The restaurant took note and brought us two free glasses of champagne! The food was good and unique, though very expensive for the small portions. Our waiter must have been overwhelmed because he only spoke to us once. The rest of the time, we needed to stop one of the other waiters if we needed something. He was always very helpful and happy to take care of us. I hope he got the tip! All in all: Great atmosphere, friendly staff, good location, but a bit too pricey for the food.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

Out of our party of 5 almost all the entrées were messed up. Meat cooked to wrong preference was the main issue. At the end our desserts were put on another table's check so that had to be corrected. I don't intend on going back.

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vipLuvSteak (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2015

Chef Geoff's is a great downtown restaurant. The food is consistently good and the menu offers something for everyone. They have good portion sizes. I had the calamari, broiled brussel sprouts (delicious!) and a house salad. Everything was fresh and . The service is consistently good whether it's busy or quiet. I hate to see it leave!!!!!

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123abc (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

It was ok. Place was packed. Food was a little pricey for the overall taste and ambiance of this place. First time visit. Decided to try it since we were going to the Warner theater across the street directly after lunch. Very convenient to the theater, so might be a good option if you have kids in tow for an afternoon show.

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Lucy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

Very nice. reservation was waiting for us. Nice round table for 7. Server was so nice and accommodating. Great to be around the corner from the theatre. Sorry that they are closing this location. Having lunch there put us in a festive mood for the theatre.

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Maven (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

Very impressed with the Downtown Chef Geoff's. Chose it because we had tickets at the National for 7:30 they had a 5:45 reservation available. When they called to confirm early in the day they mentioned my comment on the reservation re: theater and assured me we would have no problem. We were actually 15 minutes late due to traffic. Was seated immediately. Server said he knew we were headed to the theater and would get orders in right away. Crab artichoke dip was excellent as was the pita and hummus. My Downtown Burger was cooked to perfection. Fries were ordinary but not a problem. My son said his scallop and shrimp dish was excellent as was my wife's salmon. Server was very attentive without making us feel rushed. We made curtain time with plenty to spare. Chef Geoff's will now be our go to when attending the National or Warner Theaters.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

We arrived early and were seated by a window looking out onto the Warner Theater which was all decorated for the holidays. We had the grilled artichoke for appetizer. I've never had that before and there really wasn't much to it. The dipping sauce did not add to the artichoke. Our server was very patient and attentive, but not too attentive. I had the black pepper pappardelle with veal which was incredibly delicious and my friend had the scallops on the bed of risotto which was also delicious (I had a taste of that as well). We cleaned our plates, which is good because we were on our way to a show at the national theater. Everything was perfectly timed, with no stress. I highly recommend this restaurant prior to the theater.

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Jazzy (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2015

How they are accommodating to make sure those attending a show get served and out in time.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2015

Very noisy and service after we got our meal was disappointing. Food was great, however, and we will likely go back.

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Awesome (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2015

Great service, amazing food! Loved the dessert and the crab cake burger!

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vipNorthernVA (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2015

Went to Chef Geoff's before a Nutcracker performance. What a great choice! The service was timely but not rushed and the food amazing. If only we didn't have to drive into D.C. to get there, we would be regulars!

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